The perennial tyre question

Submitted: Sunday, May 19, 2002 at 00:00
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G'day all, Looking for advice/experience on som AT tyres. Fitted Dunlops earlier in the year [my dealer hounded me into them - said I would get greater mileage] when I really wanted to fit BFG's or similar. Have not been happy with them since as they seem too soft all round - especially the sidewall. This was proven today when helping out at a local bushfire - up a hill - over a [relatively] small stump and bang - exit one Grandtrek AT. Heading north in 6 weeks and will be about 60% off-road in the eastern Cape York area [around Bathurst Bay] - then across the gulf through to Boroloola and that area. Had some good Kumhos on a GQ Patrol some years back - very pleased with their toughness, but am looking for something else. Must be TOUGH, dont mind some road noise, but want to be able to live with them when on bitumen. Any thoughts???? Regards. DennisN

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Reply By: Tim - Sunday, May 19, 2002 at 00:00

Sunday, May 19, 2002 at 00:00
Dennis: why not fit Kumho again ? If you had a good experience with them before ,, whay's wrong with them again ?
Tim
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Follow Up By: Dennisn - Sunday, May 19, 2002 at 00:00

Sunday, May 19, 2002 at 00:00
Thanks Tim, I have considered Kumhos again but just wanted to get a feel from a few other people as to what they are using - their good and bad points.
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Reply By: Goran - Sunday, May 19, 2002 at 00:00

Sunday, May 19, 2002 at 00:00
Just curious Denis , are your Dunlop A1 tyres made in Japan or Australia?
I had mine for 32.000km without any problems , and that's in the Pilbara frequently bush bashing . Never heard any negative stuff about them.
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Follow Up By: Dennisn - Monday, May 20, 2002 at 00:00

Monday, May 20, 2002 at 00:00
G'day Goran, Just went and took a look. they are made in Japan, and are AT2s. Now I think back, I seem to remember hearing somewhere that the AT2 is not so tough as some other Grandtreks [only about 70/30 on/off road]. What do you run? Maybe I'll have to go for some 100% off-road tyres. Life's a compromise - aint it ??? :) regards. DennisN
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Follow Up By: Goran - Wednesday, May 22, 2002 at 00:00

Wednesday, May 22, 2002 at 00:00
Denis , i am still running A1 . No problems so far .
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Reply By: Billowaggi - Sunday, May 19, 2002 at 00:00

Sunday, May 19, 2002 at 00:00
Dennis, you mentioned BFG Tyres , why not go back to your first choice? I have used them in the North West of WA, eg Canning Stock Route and Kimberleys and have been very impresed with them , also have a look at the new Cooper S/T 's Regards Ken.
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Reply By: Cobra - Monday, May 20, 2002 at 00:00

Monday, May 20, 2002 at 00:00
Dennis, I am using BFG now, will be interested in the Bridgestone 693 for my next set. A lot said about 2 and 3 ply side walls but both come out at 3000microns. A number of club members have tried Coopers and Kumhos and will not have them again, guess it is personal experience and preference. Major objection to Kumho seems to be the M/T and wear factor. If you were happy with them before, go again
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Reply By: Damien - Monday, May 20, 2002 at 00:00

Monday, May 20, 2002 at 00:00
Dennis, when i purchased my Jackaroo it had Goodyear Wranglers on it -absolutely terrible tyres. I got rid of them very quickly & put a set of BFG's on. So far i've done about 15K & couldn't be happier, they are exceptional tyres that have coped with a variety of different conditions.
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Follow Up By: Will - Monday, May 20, 2002 at 00:00

Monday, May 20, 2002 at 00:00
Hi Damian,
i too have a Jack and am getting rid of the goodyear rubbish and am thinking of BFG's.
That size did you fit. did you stick to 245/70 or an other size. (and cost)
Thanks, Will.
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Follow Up By: Damien - Tuesday, May 21, 2002 at 00:00

Tuesday, May 21, 2002 at 00:00
Hi Will, sorry for the delay in replying.
I put 245/75/16 BFG's on my Jack, which just gives you that little bit bigger diameter & therfore slightly more ground clearance.
The tyres aren't cheap, but i managed to do a deal with my local Tyrepower store. As the Wranglers were nearly new (15K) he gave me a $100 trade-in on each tyre. Bottom line was $750 for 5 tyres including wheel alignment - not a bad deal i thought!!
I have just made an enquiry for you at the same store & the retail price is $245 each.
Hope this info helps.
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Follow Up By: Will - Tuesday, May 21, 2002 at 00:00

Tuesday, May 21, 2002 at 00:00
Thanks for the info Damien (with an E, sorry mate).
I have managed to wheel (pun intended) and deal a price of $229 each for 245/70/16
through a mate of a mate ect. plus a month to pay so I am very happy.
I will get a set put on then have a W/A before a trip to Uluru and Darwin in July. Thanks for your help. Will.
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Follow Up By: Damien - Tuesday, May 21, 2002 at 00:00

Tuesday, May 21, 2002 at 00:00
No worries Will, sounds like a good deal. You certainly won't be disappointed with the BFG's.
Have a great time in the centre, i was there a couple of years ago & it's awesome.
Happy to be of assistance, talk to you later.
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Reply By: John R. - Monday, May 20, 2002 at 00:00

Monday, May 20, 2002 at 00:00
If you read any of the 4WD mags, you'll find that Dunlop Grandtreks are deemed the least satisfactory tyre ever produced - designed predominantly for driving on the black stuff.
I have used various Bridgestone ATs and am currently running BFGs. Used them on Jackaroo, Patrol and Toyota. No puncture in the last six years, including Oodnadatta Track, Corner Country, Gibb River Rd, Tanami, Vic High Country, etc. Choose either of these, use the right pressures for different conditions and adjust your speed to the conditions.
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Reply By: MarkC - Monday, May 20, 2002 at 00:00

Monday, May 20, 2002 at 00:00
Hey Dennis. I have been looking at purchasing Dunlop Grandtrek AT2. They have made my shortlist, but maybe not now. I think most negative comments about Grandtreks are directed to the HT pattern, not the AT1 and AT2. Cheers.
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Follow Up By: Ray - Wednesday, May 22, 2002 at 00:00

Wednesday, May 22, 2002 at 00:00
DENNIS CHECK OUT FORUM ON APRIL 4 2002 ROD HARPER-COOPER/BFG TYRES BEFORE YOU BUY BFG . WORST TYRES I HAVE EVER BOUGHT NOT AT ALL LIKE THE OLD BFG TYRES . RAY WITH A SET OF HOLEY BFGs.
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